Brian Polowniak works with the National Veteran Business Development Council — an organization dedicated to highlighting and assisting veteran owned businesses.
He was chosen by the Rotary Club of Dexter to give remarks at the Monument Park gazebo to an assemblage of local veterans and their closest family and friends, for whom a parade alone isn’t enough of an experience to honor the sacrifice that so many men and women make and have made for freedom, which was the crux of Polowniak’s speech reproduced here in both text and video formats:
It is with great pleasure and pride that I get to speak to today to brave men and women.
When thinking about what to say today to you, one word kept coming up: “Freedom.”
The word freedom is often misunderstood and taken for granted, and without the word “sacrifice” it really has no meaning. Freedom has been earned through sacrifice.
You brave men and women have made that sacrifice to earn our freedom.
People thank you for that sacrifice, but really have no clue the price you paid.
I want to share with you something my father said to me whe I went to Vietnam: “Son — you will sacrifice for our country, you might even die for our country, but the freedom of our country is the most important thing you can protect.
“I will always be proud of your sacrifice.”for your sacrifice, and commitment to our freedom.
I would relate that to a song that was sung by Sgt. Barry Sadler (A Ballad of the Green Berets).
A young Green Beret has died, and his death wish to his wife is to pin silver wings on his son’s chest.
He paid the ultimate price for freedom with his sacrifice, but believed that was the right thing to do.
It is with great honor and respect that I thank each one of you for your sacrifice, and commitment to our freedom.
Click the below image to play a video of the complete remarks by this year’s guest speaker.